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Transition to and from injecting drug use among regular ecstasy users


Dunn, M and Degenhardt, L and Bruno, RB, Transition to and from injecting drug use among regular ecstasy users, Addictive Behaviors, 35, (10) pp. 909-912. ISSN 0306-4603 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.06.007


There is a scant amount of research investigating injecting drug use among people not selected on the basis of their injecting behaviour, and less attention has been given to stimulant users who may have a different experience with injecting drug use than opioid users who are more commonly studied. The current study aimed to investigate initiation to, and transition from, injecting drug use among a sentinel sample of regular ecstasy users in Australia. Participants were regular ecstasy users recruited across Australia in 2007 who were administered a structured interview that contained questions regarding initiation to injecting, reasons for injecting cessation, and likelihood of future injecting. Among those with a history of injecting drug use, injecting first occurred at a similar age to that of first ecstasy use. The majority did not inject themselves at the first occasion, and two-fifths were under the influence of other drugs at the time. Two-fifths of injectors had not injected in the past 6 months, with many relating this to concerns surrounding stigma. Route of drug administration is clearly not static, and the findings from this study suggest that some who have ceased injecting may still be at risk for future injecting.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cessation; Injecting drug use; Ecstasy; Route of administration; Initiation
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, RB (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:66527
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-02-01
Last Modified:2014-11-27

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